Dave Birkin handling two saxophones

Dave B & The Hot Shots kept it lively at John Harvard’s Brewery

Dave B & The Hot Shots played a coupe of lively sets at John Harvard’s Brewery in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Saturday night. Lead by saxophonist-lead vocalist Dave Birkin, the four piece made their merry way through familiar blues and R&B standards, their sound traveling well through the spacious venue.

Mike Zito

Mike Zito co-headlining Six Strings Down tour; bringing it to New England Blues Summit next week

Mike Zito took time out of his busy Six Strings Down tour to discuss his new concert schedule with Tommy Castro as well as his latest album Make Blues Not War. Zito was able to team up with Castro and Castro’s backing band The Painkiller for several weeks, a combo that’s causing excitement throughout the national blues scene. Six Strings Down is coming to the New England Blues Summit at the Cape Cod Resort And Conference Center next weekend, April 28.

Yoko Miwa

Buzz column update from BillCopelandMusicNews.com

Hello again gentle readers,

I have another Buzz column for you all and it’s just loaded with information about New England artists with upcoming gigs.

Tommy Castro; Mike Zito

Tommy Castro gearing up to rock New England Blues Summit, touring with Mike Zito

You can never have too much of a good thing. Tommy Castro has been gearing up for his Six Strings Down tour with fellow guitarist-vocalist Mike Zito. The two modern blues titans have teamed up in one act to bring exciting shows and arrangements of each player’s songs. Castro looks forward to bringing this new tour to New England next week for the New England Blues Summit at the Cape Cod Resort And Conference Center.

Cold Engines continue their steady march forward with Physical Education album

Cold Engines continue their steady march forward with Physical Education album

Cold Engines just keep on getting better and better. This prolific band, based in southern New Hampshire, has just released its fourth album in three years. Their new Physical Education album is their best yet. The band has harnessed its tight, rocking sound into something even tighter while adding a much funkier feel to their songs. The title track as well as songs titled “Bring Out Your Body,” “Pretend We’re In Love,” “All Night,” and “Sexual Feelings” show the band getting into much more suggestive material, whether for commercial appeal or simply because it matches their funky sound, one can only guess.

Ed Gerhard

Ed Gerhard intrigued OnStage! audience in Medford, Massachusetts last Saturday night

Ed Gerhard’s appearance last Saturday night at the OnStage! Concert Series at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre found the New Hampshire instrumental guitarist offering a lot of his finger style techniques and interesting arrangements. Never using a set list, Gerhard simply played whatever came to mind, often telling the audience the background stories surrounding his song selections.

Katrina Marie turns up the heat with When There Is No Color album

Katrina Marie turns up the heat with When There Is No Color album

Katrina Marie has just released a gem of a CD titled When There Is No Color. It should be in the player at any house party or at any happening event where fun music is played. Katrina Marie rocks, rolls, and offers up all kinds of soulful expressions. There is no challenge her vocal prowess cannot meet and there is no style she cannot finesse.

April Buzz II; another column of the latest Buzzing New England music scene news

April Buzz II; another column of the latest Buzzing New England music scene news

I had so much fun writing the April Buzz column last Saturday that I decided to come on back and do it again a month early. So, folks, here is April Buzz II. This is a compendium of music events taking place real soon in the New England music scene.

Otis Doncaster; photo credit: Kendal Bush

New Hampshire legend Otis Doncaster continues his amazing career in blues, country, and roots music

Many know of New Hampshire harmonica player and vocalist Otis Doncaster from his band Otis And The Elevators. Many know of him from his decades long association with legendary blues man Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, a one time Muddy Waters sideman from an earlier era in the blues music. Many may not know, however, how diverse Doncaster is in his musical tastes and how much of a multi-instrumentalist he’s been over the years. The blues, country, roots, Americana music many have seen him perform over the years is simply his expression of the music he heard growing up in northern New England.

April's Buzz column from BillCopelandMusicNews.com Charles Collins, Mai Cramer tribute, Thelonious Monkfish, Auburn Pitts, NEC Grammy winners, Blues Apocalypse, Ed Gerhard

April’s Buzz column from BillCopelandMusicNews.com Charles Collins, Mai Cramer tribute, Thelonious Monkfish, Auburn Pitts, NEC Grammy winners, Blues Apocalypse, Ed Gerhard

Here is some exciting New England music news for the month of April. Enjoy.